Knicks Send Two Players to Represent Team USA

By A.J. Speier

While the majority of the New York Knicks are enjoying their offseason, two American-born players will be spending it together in London.

Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler will be playing for Team USA, while Amare Stoudemire recovers from the injury that plagued him last season. Stoudemire also declined to play four years ago on the team that won the United States’ their 13th gold medal in Beijing, China.

Stoudemire will be 30 years old on November 16 and while he’s had a successful NBA career, he’s also had a history of chronic knee injuries which have involved microfracture surgery on both of his knees.

Without Amare Stoudemire, Team USA’s roster will feature six guards, five forwards and one center. The coaches are Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Nate McMillan and Mike D’Antoni and the players are Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Tyson Chandler, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams.

Team USA will begin their first game of the 2012 Olympics against Team France at 2:30pm on Sunday July 29. Team France’s roster has current NBA players in Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw, Ronny Turiaf and Kevin Seraphin.

The rest of Team USA’s schedule will be against Tunisia at 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday July 31, Nigeria at 10:15 p.m. on Thursday August 2, Lithuania at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday August 4 and Argentina at 10:15 p.m. on Monday August 6.

The Quarterfinals will be Wednesday August 8, followed by the Semifinals on Friday August 10. The Finals will be on August 12 with the Bronze Medal game at 11:00 a.m. and the Gold Medal game at 3:00 p.m.

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